Incoming Gadget – 2012 Toyota Prius

This is by far the largest and most expensive gadget (if you can call it a gadget) I’ve been able to get my hands on and I’m quite excited to be sharing my experience with it on the blog with everyone.

For those that don’t know, I already drive a 2008 Toyota Prius i-Tech but the lease on this car has nearly run its course and it’s time to start looking for a replacement. Mind you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the current Prius after 100,000km on the clock but it was a good opportunity to let a relative pay out the residual and get rid of their “well worn” vehicle. Another benefit is that we know how the car has been treated, where everything is located and it’s very much a case of get in, push the start button and drive.

Anyway, the 2012 Toyota Prius does come with some nifty upgrades, including:

  • solar ventilation system (ideal for keeping the car close to the ambient temperature outside when parked out in the sun),
  • remote air-conditioning (providing a three minute burst of AC with the touch of a button from outside the vehicle without starting the car),
  • radar cruise control (which helps maintain a safe distance and speed from vehicles in front when engaged),
  • pre-collision safety system (pre-emptive braking and seatbelt tensioning when an imminent accident is detected),
  • SUNA GPS traffic updates (real-time traffic information broadcast over FM radio to help provide accurate travel time information and recommend alternative routes to your destination).


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